Off Topic means that you can talk about anything you want, yes, but it doesn’t mean you can talk any way you want. Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutly nothing against a polite exchange of ideas, and believe me, it can happen on any subject (on the Blender.nl forum, there was a thread about Christianism and views of the Bible where the discussion continued for weeks with only a random insult which wasn’t replied to, and it was much interesting to read), but when it is clear to me that the discussion is turning not nice, I’d rather close it than wait until everyone shouts insults and gets mad at one another.
I’m always willing to listen. I’m always willing to change my mind if you convince me I’m wrong. And I’m always willing to to try to convince you you’re wrong, if I think that’s the case. If I as a proud American, and avid libertarian can look at communism, and see some of the virtue and idealism of it, I can probably look rationally at just about any subject.
And I say: BRAVO!, but that is not the case of everyone else, sadly, and I know that closing a thread also means closing a discussion from which you (and others) would have benefit, but it also means a closing a discussion where the general trend was going the way of the petty insults, whether it was meant or not.
In a perfect world, I wouldn’t have had to close a thread, but alas…
PS: maybe (with a big emphasis on maybe), the thread will be reopenned when the dust has settled, and spirits have clamed down.